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Liberal individualism is often interpreted as an ideology based on the belief that individuals are atomistic egoists, each of whom single-mindedly pursues only maximum material gain and sensual satisfaction for himself or herself. Each person, in this interpretation, engages with people outside of his or...

On March 28 – very early in the pandemic – AIER published an article that I felt at the time received far too little attention. “Drugs, Suicide, and Crime: Empirical Estimates of the Human Toll of the Shutdown” by economists Audrey and Thomas Duncan cited...

Image credit: istockAnalysis and Commentaryvia EconLogWhat’s the appeal to people? Obviously I agree with you when you talk about a liberal society being a good one. The idea of intellectual or ideological pluralism, I’m all in. But people who are saying, “That’s a false front for...

(Don Boudreaux) TweetThomas Sowell believes that Donald Trump is a lesser evil than is Joe Biden. Ilya Somin believes that Joe Biden is a lesser evil than is Donald Trump. John Cochrane offers a detailed analysis of a report on Biden’s economic plan. Raymond Niles rightly bemoans the...

A romantic view of democracy is that it gives citizens control over their governments. Citizens decide who hold power, and if those who are elected do not carry out the will of the voters, democratic elections provide the mechanism to replace them. Elections provide the...

(Don Boudreaux) TweetThis short, new video by Ivor Cummins is highly informative. How anyone can watch this video and remain a pro-lockdowner is, to me, a mystery. Such a person must either have a mind impossibly closed, or believe that Cummins’s data are fake. If...

(Don Boudreaux) TweetHere’s a letter to a young woman who accuses me (and other lockdown opponents) of being “anti-science”: Ms. Hasanov: Thanks for your e-mail. I did indeed read Alan Alda’s Washington Post op-ed. Of course he’s correct that, in the formation of policy responses to Covid-19, science...